ABOUT THE SHOW
Topics Include is an unapologetically trans podcast that seeks to create a space for trans people to gather through pro-Black, sex positive, and healing-informed conversations that are educational by accident and liberational by choice. It is hosted by Ianne Fields Stewart, L Morgan Lee, Samy Nour Younes, and Maybe Burke—four trans panelists who work at the intersection of art and activism. New episodes are recorded weekly and cover a broad range of queer topics. Be sure to check them out wherever you download your podcasts, and don’t forget: no matter what they’re talking about the most important topic to include is y-o-u!
Somebody call HR, because Maybe and Samy are alone in the studio today! Today, we're talking about working at the intersection of acting and activism. Maybe breaks down the differences they perceive in activism and advocacy, and why some people in our industry feel pressured to be both actors and activists. Then, we answer a listener letter about dating and attraction. How do you maintain a healthy, positive self-image as a trans person when people are constantly telling you you're "less attractive" or "desirable" than cis people?
Reunited, and it feels so good! We’re all together again in the studio at BRIC, to bring you the long-awaited part two of our conversation on being trans actors. Last time we were all together, we discussed education and training. Today, we’re starting the conversation on casting and audition rooms.
L Morgan, Maybe, and Samy are joined by mother Pooya Mohseni to talk about Marsha P. Johnson’s impact on trans history, and explore the question: why are queer people so mean to each other? They also answer listener letters about dating apps, “boring” boyfriends, and gofundme campaigns… oh my!
CONTENT WARNING: this episode does touch on depression, self-harm, and suicide.
Ianne and Samy get together for a Harry Potter-themed check in, and a deep dive into what self-care means for them.